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Drag Stars: 12 New Year's Resolutions for the LGBT Community

Drag Stars: 12 New Year's Resolutions for the LGBT Community

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Lady Bunny, Yara Sofia, Alyssa Edwards, and more give the LGBT community goals for 2015.

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Guests from this year's World of Wonder holiday party had much to say about gifts for drag queens. But they also offered goals that the LGBT community should set for itself in the coming year.

From fighting complacency to focusing on transgender rights to living life to its fullest, see what stars like Looking's Daniel Franzese, DJ Lady Bunny, viral star Brendan Jordan, RuPaul's Drag Race's Alyssa Edwards, and more had to say.

Bluehairedgirlx633_0Lacey Noel, YouTube star

To be as gay as gay can be!


Landon_cider_rightx633_0Landon Cider (right)

Patience. Patience for the people that don't have the circumstances or opportunities to just instantly accept us. Sometimes, it takes a little time.


Lady_bunny_leftx633_0Lady Bunny

Let's stop the word policing and actually respect each other, and stop getting bogged down with individual words. I feel like my parents grew up telling me not to say "shit" and "dick," and I didn't listen to them. Drag queens tend to be independent, especially when they make a living doing comedy. So words are their tools. I think it's crazy to take words away from comedians. I love twisted comedy, and I hope politically incorrect comedy is not buried with Joan Rivers.

For example, the "T" word. Honey, the same evil bastard that is gonna bash someone transsexual in a dark alley is gonna bash me in drag or someone who is obviously gay. They're the enemy, not the people that might use a word as a greeting to people that they know it doesn't offend. I think that we're quarreling over minutiae like that, rather than things that would get us ahead, like what companies we are all patronizing daily, which give money to defeat gay, sorry, GLBT rights. We're all doing that every day with cell phone companies, clothing companies, and restaurants... Sometimes, our large gay organizations are too busy getting money from them to say who is actually legislating against us. Always look for the money.


Alyssa_edwards_wowx633_0Alyssa Edwards

I think it's fabulous we're in a time where we can watch TV and we can see so many people who have set the standard. The resolution would be equality. Acceptance. Justice for all. I'm a teacher--[a world] where we don't teach our children that being homosexual is different. It's time for us to use our platform [and] use our voice.

Randy_barbato_leftx633_0Randy Barbato, Executive Producer of RuPaul's Drag Race

Changing it's name. Losing it's name. Not labeling itself.


Tempest_dujourx633_0Tempest DuJour, RuPaul's Drag Race season 7 cast member

By day, I am a professor. I see my young kids becoming very complacent with the way things are politically, because, oh, we can get married, oh, we are accepted. But the fight is still on, and complacency is our enemy in trans rights and adoption rights and marriage rights in all states. There's still a lot to do.


Raven-symone-and-brendan-jordan_x633_0Brendan Jordan

Be fierce. The LGBT community is so strong and loving, and I'm very proud of that.


Kelly_mantlex633_0Kelly Mantle

They need to start being nicer online. I mean--c'mon!

Daniel-franzesex633_0Daniel Franzese - Looking

The gay movement has come so far. We really need to pay attention to the trans movement, and support, gift a lift up for full acceptance as well. I think that's the next movement, for us all to be really conscious of that, and remember that, now that everybody is OK and has two cars and a three-bedroom house and a baby, give a lift up to the next part of our community that really needs our attention.

My character works at a homeless shelter for gay and trans teens, so there's a lot of trans characters [on Looking].

Bobby_credit-dusti-cunninghamx633_0Bobby Trendy

Live the best life you've ever had.

Sham-ibrahimx633_0Sham Abrihim, Artist

Look within. Be self-reflective. We have things we need to work on in our community... It's time to strengthen our community from within.

Yara_sofiax633_0Yara Sofia

To ask not just for tolerance, I would ask for including. I want someday that, when you go to a bar, it's just a bar. Not a gay bar. Not a straight bar. So we enjoy everybody.

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Daniel Reynolds

Daniel Reynolds is the editor of social media for The Advocate. A native of New Jersey, he writes about entertainment, health, and politics.
Daniel Reynolds is the editor of social media for The Advocate. A native of New Jersey, he writes about entertainment, health, and politics.